Straightling: A Memoir

She wasn't a druggie badass. She was just a kid looking for love, a kid who ran away from her violent home. Homeless for a month, she was finally safe…until her mother locked her up in Straight Inc, a warehouse full of teen savages. On the outside, Straight was a drug rehab. On the inside, it was…it was something else. “Compelling. Scary. Totally real." -Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of CRANK More

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About Cyndy Drew Etler

A modern-day Cinderella, Cyndy Drew Etler was homeless at fourteen, summa cum laude at thirty. Currently a YA author and teen life coach, Etler spent the prior decade teaching troubled teens in schools across America.

Before earning a salary for her teaching, Etler did it for free, volunteering at public schools and facilities for runaway teens. Today she donates her time to her local library, recruiting teens to come check out the underutilized YA section.

Within a year of graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a Bachelor's degree in English and American studies, Etler held a Master's degree in secondary education. Along the way she picked up numerous awards, including the Student Leadership Award in her junior and senior years, and the prestigious American Studies Department Book Award in her senior year. Her debut memoir, STRAIGHTLING, is now earning its own acclaim and endorsements, including those from noted authors Ellen Hopkins and LouAnne Johnson. She is currently at work on COILED, the prequel of STRAIGHTLING.

After years of hopscotching domiciles, Etler now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and her dogs.


Straightling: A Memoir
Author Cyndy Drew Etler reads a sample chapter of Straightling for Teen Read Week's "Virtual Read-Out"


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